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APS considering sending Whitefoord Elementary students to Toomer

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APS considering sending Whitefoord Elementary students to Toomer

A photo of Toomer Elementary students. Photo from TalkUpAPS blog.
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A photo of Toomer Elementary students. Photo from TalkUpAPS blog.

Atlanta Public Schools is considering closing Whitefoord Elementary and sending those students to Toomer Elementary in Kirkwood and Burgess-Peterson Elementary.

Students living in the Edgewood community would be redistricted to Toomer and students living in the Reynoldstown community would be sent to Burgess-Peterson. The net result would be adding approximately 200 more students to Toomer, according to a letter to parents from Superintendent Meria Carstarphen.

The letter, dated Jan. 17, says Whitefoord has 272 students and is one of the smallest elementary schools in APS. If the School Board approves, the changes could be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year, the letter says.

“I recognize the neighborhoods of Edgewood, Kirkwood and East Lake have seen significant changes over the last 15 years, including increased school options,” Carstarphen wrote. “These changes have resulted in under-enrolled neighborhood APS schools that are financially inefficient and have had mixed performance over time.”

APS is planning public meetings pertaining to the Jackson High cluster of schools. There will be a town hall on Monday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at Jackson High and public hearings on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at Whitefoord Elementary and March 1 at 6 p.m. at Benteen Elementary.

Here is the full letter:

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the communities where the students who would be redistricted live. This story has been updated with the correct information. 

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